June 8th, 2008

From Nicole @ C&L: PWNAGE - MOYERS STYLE!!

Fox News Producer Ambushes Bill Moyers;
Gets Taste Of His Own Medicine
I think this is my favorite piece of video footage since Jon Stewart told off Tucker Carlson on Crossfire. Seriously, watch it again and again, it just gets better.

At the National Conference for Media Reform, Bill O’Reilly producer Porter Barry ambushes journalist Bill Moyers and asks him why he won’t appear on The O’Reilly Factor. Moyers, a class act to the last, makes Barry look like the small and petty man he is. But the joke is on Barry, because other journalists, including Uptake correspondent Noah Kunin, who got this raw footage, turned tables on ol’ Porter and gave him a little taste of the FOX News-style ambush journalism. I don’t think he liked it much.

By the way, Moyers gave an absolutely inspirational keynote address at NCMR2008. You can view it on YouTube.

Democrats Must Move Past Anger

Democrats Must Move Past Anger

By Norman Solomon, AlterNet. Posted June 4, 2008.

The fight for the nomination has fueled a combustible anger among Democrats. Let's hope the American people don't get burned.
In politics, as in so many other aspects of life, anger is a combustible fuel. Affirmed and titrated, it helps us move forward. Suppressed or self-indulged, it’s likely to blow up in our faces.

With the race for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination coming to a close, there’s plenty of anger in the air. And the elements are distinctly flammable. As Bob Herbert just wrote in the New York Times, "the Clinton and Obama partisans spent months fighting bitterly on the toxic terrain of misogyny, racism and religion."

Herbert doesn’t spread the blame evenly. And, as an elected Obama delegate to the national convention, I don’t either. But at this stage in the nomination process, the returns of blame aren’t merely diminishing -- they’re about to go over a cliff.

The anger that’s churning among many Hillary Clinton supporters is deserving of respect. For a long time, she’s been hit by an inexhaustible arsenal of virulent sexism, whether from Tucker Carlson, Rush Limbaugh or Chris Matthews.

If Barack Obama were facing defeat now, his supporters might be more inclined to dwell on the thinly veiled, and sometimes unveiled, racial bigotry that caused some Americans to tell reporters that they could never vote for a black man for president.

There’s no lack of injustices, defamations and outright outrages to cite. They’re important to remember, assess, denounce. And: Now what?

In times of emergency, people have been known to put aside differences, at least for a while. Sometimes, feuding neighbors unravel hoses and pass buckets so the entire block doesn’t go up in flames. Or alienated relatives take care of a fading loved one. People who fear strangers learn to trust in a shared humanity.

The Bill of Rights is burning. Children are dying in Baghdad and Chicago and Los Angeles and countless other cities and towns because of Republican "leadership." Negative trends of governance are scorching a social contract that had been slowly weaving the threads of human decency.

This year offers an electoral opportunity to get out the fire hoses and douse the pyromaniacs of the GOP. But the long Obama-Clinton battle has depleted precious time with little good to show for it.

A lot of negativity has aired, and some of it has combusted. Despite the real progress of the past several decades, remaining prejudices and injustices of gender and race -- and, though less talked about in news media, of sexual orientation and economic class -- are still haunting us and shadowing the future.

Furious supporters of Hillary Clinton are now talking about Michigan and Florida. Understandably, they’re apt to see recent developments in the context of despicable male chauvinism and unfair caricatures in the press.

There’s more than enough anger to burn.

And John McCain is eager to benefit from every bit of such anger, the more displaced the better. Right-wing corporatists quietly cheer his calls to give them even more extreme tax cuts. Outright militarists are hoping for four more years, and the odds seem to be shifting in their favor. Men on the Supreme Court named Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito are waiting to welcome kindred spirits in black robes.

Unfortunately, the angry often end up burning themselves.


Norman Solomon's latest book Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State (PoliPointPress) is available now. For more information go to http://www.madelovegotwar.com.
Intellektuels

Faux News PWNED AGAIN!

Irony of All Ironies: FOX Shows Up at Media Reform Conference
FOX News once again had the gall to show up with a film crew to a progressive conference (their last escapade involved an assault on Arianna Huffington at Take Back America). Ironically, this time they were at the National Conference for Media Reform. They're not the only ones with cameras, though!

Of course, as Greenwald points out, this guy in the green striped shirt isn't the enemy per se, but his bosses are. FOX is propaganda, and will be greeted as such.
Double Barrelled

Happy Trails, Bitch!

LJ Friend drama rears it's head again, but it's all good. Wasn't the first time, won't be the last time. To be honest, I'm glad it's turned out the way it has, wherein he took me off his friends list first and I followed suit. Future confrontations would have gotten ugly sooner or later, and I don't want or need that, but nature is nature and I'm not going to back down or kowtow to anyone being rude to me or telling me what to do - who to be - what to let go of - how to behave.

I've been through with justifying myself to anyone else for years, and it's not my job to make anyone comfortable with me. You take me as I am or fuck right off, those are the only choices.

So. It's all done this time and I'm glad.